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HELP!!! Cow trouble!

Postby Shelly » Sun May 01, 2005 9:27 am

Thursday morning, hubby found a young cow down that couldn't get back up. With some persuasion, he got her back on her feet. For the rest of that day and all day Friday, she was fine. Yesterday morning I found her down again, and this time she can't get up at all. It's like her back end is just dead. She had her calf a long time ago and is bred back already, nearly two weeks ago. Now I'm carrying food and water to her. At least she had the decency to go down in the corral so it isn't too far to carry water. Any ideas on getting her back up? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby PPRM » Sun May 01, 2005 9:32 am

Hip lifts anda tractor. She may need an antiinflamatory, does she have a fever. I haven't had the best of luck with down cows, but some go on. Can you rule out milk fever or grass tetany (calcium or magnsium deciencies). Just some possibilities I can think of right now. Typically, I have seen milk fever hit last trimester as calf bone growth expplodes and she draws down the cows reserves,

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Postby Shelly » Sun May 01, 2005 9:36 am

Can't be grass tetany, they're still being fed hay and are on good mineral supplement. Couldn't be milk fever either. As for a fever, don't know, she still eats alot and drinks quite a few pails of water. She seems quite healthy, other than she can't get up. Which reminds me, it's time to water her. She should be done eating by now.

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Postby the_jersey_lilly_2000 » Sun May 01, 2005 10:47 am

Had the same thang happen to a cow last fall. She'd had her calf and was bred back....then one day went out and she wsa down...couldnt git her back up for the life of us.....ended up haulin food n water for a week or so....and as time progressed she just got weaker and weaker ...ended up havin to put her down. Vet says sometimes it's kinda like when a cow does it when they give birth...just kinda delayed I guess....not a lot you can do
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Postby TimH » Sun May 01, 2005 10:51 am

Shelly, I had a cow, a couple years ago, with similar symptoms. I thought it was milk fever, at first, but it turned out that it was a form of mastitis. If you can get a hold of her and make sure that the milk in all 4 teats is normal you can rule that out. The milk will be a semi-clear amber color if it is this type of mastitis and will probably stink.
The vet gave this cow some IV antibiotics and then we used some regular mastitis treatment on her. She is just fine to this day.

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Postby BRG » Sun May 01, 2005 12:10 pm

We had one do that too, but it ended up being rabies, so just becareful, make sure you don't get any saliva on your hands. It most likely isn't this but just be aware.

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Postby Cal » Sun May 01, 2005 3:42 pm

BRG wrote:We had one do that too, but it ended up being rabies, so just becareful, make sure you don't get any saliva on your hands. It most likely isn't this but just be aware.


Your rabies diagnosis kind of got me thinking about cows that had similiar problems and died around here over the years. Can you give us a few more details? Was she one the fight to some degree?

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Postby BRG » Sun May 01, 2005 4:28 pm

Ya a little, thought we could save her because at the start she wouldn't drink so we tubed her a time or 2 before the vet recognized it. She was down and with some coaxing we got her up, but the next day was back down and then wouldn't get up any more. By that time the vet told us to put her down and take her head in to get tested and she was positive. Ended up taking several shots for it. Wasn't much fun. From the time she went down until she died was only about 4 days so I don't know how she would have acted if we didn't put her down.

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Postby PPRM » Sun May 01, 2005 4:48 pm

My word,

does remind me of a couple of cows I had. It was like hip paralysis, but they were very aggressive. Had no idea this could be a problem,
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Postby Faster horses » Sun May 01, 2005 6:55 pm

We had that happen with a roping steer. He got sick, and down. A club owned him, and several of them worked on him trying various things~tubing him for one. It was decided to put him out of his misery. A vet wanted some of the hide for some reason and my husband skinned him. They did send the head in as a precaution. Yep, came back rabies. They figured a skunk must have bit him. Anyway, 7 people wound up taking the rabies shots~my husband, the vet and the vet's helper among them. At least they didn't have to take them in the stomach. It was pretty expensive. I think $500/each person for the series of shots. Would have been more but they got a volume discount!!

You cannot be too careful! I didn't remember the saliva being the problem, but if there was any break in the skin on any of the people, it was advised that they not take a chance.

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Postby PPRM » Sun May 01, 2005 6:58 pm

I used micotil for three years before I knew it could kill you. Never thot about rabies, this board can be a real eye-opener.
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Postby ropesanddogs » Sun May 01, 2005 7:37 pm

A freind of ours had a yearlin with rabies,but when they noticed it,it was in the wild stage...We still use micotil,and lemme tell yaitll keep you on your toes....
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